Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Liberals Think God is Dangerous

President Bush relies on his faith in God. And he is consistently attacked for it by liberal Democrats. On Michael Medved's radio show today (12:00 - 3:00 PM, 870AM, KRLA) listeners called to decry the President's humble statement: "I don't see how you can be President without a relationship with the Lord." One caller was offended that Bush was 'establishing a test for the presidency.' Another claimed that America was founded on the principle of separation of church and state. Liberals are so confused they would be funny, if they weren't so dangerous.

On Mike's show yesterday, callers were aghast that missionaries helping the tsunami victims were passing out Biblical passages with the food, medicine and clothing. How dare they think that giving the Lord's word is an act of charity.

In case you are thinking that all of Mike's callers are idiots, you are almost right! Michael is a theocratic conservative (a theocon) and he invites only those who disagree with him to call in. Sad for them, Mike is also very smart and well informed.

Medved's latest book Right Turns relates the story of his transformation from radical liberal to staunch conservative in 1980. It took me much longer to manuver the "right turn" but that is a story for another time. Michael is a Jew who believes that "The Passion of the Christ" is one of the best pictures of 2004 and is not at all anti-semetic.

Perhaps the most insidious liberal lie is the one about church and state. In the "establishment clause" of the 1st Ammendment to the Constitution the Founding Fathers wrote that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." They did not want a "Church of America" like the Church of England that they left behind. They wanted every American to have the right to the free exercise of religion, and that included those in education and the government. Every great president, from Washington to Lincoln to Reagan, has invoked the Lord's blessings on America. President Bush does the same and is viciously attacked.

Modern liberals do not honor the faith of FDR, their greatest president. They strive to abolish God from all public forums and from the American creed. Yet a strong case can be made that Americanism itself is the unique American religion. (See the article "Americanism-and Its Enemies" by David Gerlenter in the latest issue of Commentary magazine)

Americanism means the set of beliefs in freedom, equal opportunity and democracy, that are individual rights granted by the Creator. One needs to looks past the 'church' definition of religion to the philosophical definition: a set of attitudes, beliefs and practices held to be of utmost importance.

Then it becomes clear that Americanism, the embodiment of these beliefs, is the American religion. And it is this creed that "makes Americans positive that their nation is superior to all others - morally superior, closer to God."


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